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Princes Mead triples recycling rate

The Princes Mead Shopping Centre in Farnborough, Hampshire, has increased its recycling rate from 25% to 75% in around six months.

The remaining 25% is channelled to refuse-derived fuel (RDF) production for incineration.

Princes Mead engaged a division of Spanish-owned waste management company SAICA, called SAICA Natur, to reduce its waste in October 2012. Since May this year, it sends zero waste to landfill.

SAICA Natur said that an initial assessment revealed that high levels of food waste waste were being sent to landfill, despite there being only three food outlets out of 43 stores. The only recycling being done was of cardboard.

The recycling firm recommended the extension of recycling to polythene, paper, dry mixed recycling and food waste. It also suggested a food waste collection scheme and the pruchase of two small balers to process paper and polythene to sell on to reprocessors.

David Pickett, centre director for Princes Mead Shopping Centre, said the diversion of waste from landfill had cut costs. A spokesperson for SAICA Natur said figures were not available.

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